Pennsic University Announces Policy Changes

Dame Catriona Mac Duff, Deputy Mayor of Cultural Affairs for Pennsic 33, has announced several changes to class policies for Pennsic 33. The new policies for the Pennsic University, as posted on the official website, are as follows:

  1. Children's classes will no longer be held in private camps. This is an absolute, with no exceptions. Every child's class will be held in an A&S tent or at Children's Point. Martial or Archery classes will be held at the appropriate places designated by the Marshals or teachers. This policy is for the well-being and safety of the children.
  2. A&S tents will no longer be available for any private parties in the evenings. This policy has become necessary due to misuse of the facilities by some people in prior years.
  3. There will be no signup for classes. Classes will be entirely done on a first-come, first-served basis.

    After 8 years of doing prior signup for classes, a new idea is being tested. This will be easier for the students, who no longer have to get up at 0-dark-thirty to stand in line in the rain or the heat, or miss classes due to the afternoon sign-up.

    This will also make life easier for the teachers. They will no longer have to pick up class lists at A&S Point prior to their class. They will no longer be obligated to lead students to private camps. However, they will be obligated to write out DETAILED DIRECTIONS to the camp where the class is being held once they arrive on site. This can be done when the teachers check-in at A&S Point.

    The teachers will be allowed to limit the number of handouts or kits available. However, they will be obligated to take any extra students waiting for their class as auditors, unless this is a safety issue. If this is the case, please make a note on the application to teach mentioning the maximum number of auditors you are willing to take.

    The procedure for this will be simple. Just line up outside the A&S tent that the class will be held in prior to the class. If the class is being held in a private camp, the students must get directions at A&S Point.

    Please remember that this is an experiment. It is the first time that this has been tried. There will probably be some frustrations for a few students or teachers, but we believe that this will be a welcome idea for the great majority.

  4. Only "official classes" will be posted in the Pennsic A&S schedule Any class at Pennsic which was not scheduled though Mistress Chai'usun or Dame Catriona is not part of the official A&S program.